The Key Turner Memorial Junior Varsity Tournament kicked off on Thursday with Waxahachie squaring off with Ennis.
Thanks in part to a five-run fifth inning the Indians defeated the Lions, 8-2.
Nick Moore pitched five innings for the Indians to pick up a win in the team’s first game of the season.
Moore fanned four Ennis batters while allowing just three hits.
Ennis, the visiting team, scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning as the lead off hitter doubled to start the game.
The Lions managed to push across the run on a sac-bunt before Moore picked off an Ennis runner at first base to end the inning.
On the first pitch of the bottom half of the inning, Waxahachie’s Cameron Phillips sent the ball into left field to start an Indians’ rally.
Trey Davis sacrificed Moore to second before a hit to left field by Jeremy Escobar tied the game at one.
Escobar stole third before scoring on a ground ball up the middle by Paul Gish.
The next run of the game came in the bottom half of the fourth inning off the bat of Phillips.
With one out, Taylor Geery hit a shot to left field before scoring on the double to center by Phillips.
Ennis struck back in the top of the fifth inning with one run to cut the Waxahachie lead to 3-2.
After an Ennis pitching change the Indians scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to blow open the game, 8-2.
The Tribe’s rally started with a Gish walk to lead off the inning. Logan McDonald pinch ran for Gish and advanced to third on a perfect bunt by Chase Rudolph.
With runners on the corners, Alec Johnson pinch ran for Rudolph.
Andrew Smith laid down another perfect bunt for the Indians to score McDonald from third and give the Indians a 4-2 lead.
Next up was Moore who singled to right to drive in Johnson. He advanced to second on the throw home to put runners in scoring position for Geery.
Gerry bunted, but Ennis was quick to recover the ball and throw home to tag out Smith.
Leading 5-2 with two outs Waxahachie was not finished scoring runs in the fifth inning.
Geery stole second before Phillips walked to load the bases for Davis.
Davis came though big for the Indians as he sent a pitch to centerfield driving in two runs. Escobar, the Indians’ next batter, singled to left to drive in the final run of the game.
Waxahachie finished the game with 12 hits.
Phillips had two hits in the game, as did Escobar. Davis had three hits and two RBI.
Gish relieved Moore in the sixth inning and struck out two batters.
With the win the Indians (1-0) advanced to play today at 2 p.m.